Development of Bridge Program Pursuant to the ORA Program Alignment MOU

NTEU and FDA have begun meeting to develop a Bridge and Mobility Program for employees impacted by ORA Program Alignment. Please provide all comments and feedback by December 1, 2017.

Change brings opportunityIn May 2017, NTEU and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding the Program Alignment and Laboratory Optimization initiatives, which centralized the Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) structure and specialized laboratory functions across the agency. Pursuant to the MOU, the parties are to work together to develop a Bridge Program for ORA employees who would like to change programs at some point in their career. The purpose of the Bridge Program is to afford employees a means of changing their work specialty or subspecialty. Continue reading “Development of Bridge Program Pursuant to the ORA Program Alignment MOU”

Agreement Regarding Maplewood Resident Post Remodel

The Union secured some protections for employees negatively impacted by this office reduction.

St. Louis, Missouri, skyline with the Arch
St. Louis, Missouri

Earlier this evening, the Agency and the Union reached an agreement on how to reduce negative impact to affected bargaining unit employees in the implementation of the Maplewood Resident Post remodel, including during the transition period. Some key wins for employees include the expansion of telework and use of privately-owned vehicles (POV) to alleviate office congestion over the transition period, and protection against reduction of employee performance appraisal (PMAP) score due to reduced productivity resulting from packing, moving, and unpacking. Employees will also have a say in the office decor. Continue reading “Agreement Regarding Maplewood Resident Post Remodel”

Informational Notice of ePMAP in HRSA

HHS has provided NTEU with an informational notice that HRSA will implement an electronic PMAP.

Performance appraisalHHS provided an informational notice to NTEU that the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) plans to implement an electronic Performance Management Appraisal Program (PMAP) called “ePMAP.” According to the notice, the PMAP would not change (no change to the elements and standards or to the formatting), but the electronic format would allow employees to upload feedback and responses directly into the system. The agency also claims that the ePMAP would eliminate the need to keep paper records, although the PMAP would be in a printable, PDF form. Per the notice, employees will be trained on how to use the ePMAP system prior to implementation. Continue reading “Informational Notice of ePMAP in HRSA”